Variety of Georgia raises over $50,000 to support families in need and shines light on local youth

ATLANTA (February 01, 2014) — It was music to everyone’s ears on Sunday, February 16, as the incredible voices of the finalists in Variety of Georgia’s Stars of Tomorrow competition echoed through The Buckhead Theatre. The highly anticipated evening of philanthropy and dream-chasing spotlighted each talented teen, but one voice in particular carried above the rest. Hannah French, a 14-year-old from Cordele, left the crowd star struck with her outstanding performance and was crowned the winner of Variety’s third annual singing competition. The Stars of Tomorrow event, which benefits Variety of Georgia initiatives across the state to enhance the lives of children living with disabilities and disadvantages, raised $55,000.

“Every year, Stars of Tomorrow attracts Georgia’s top singing sensations and this year was no different,” said Variety of Georgia Executive Director Chase Evangeline Andrews. “Each of the finalists wowed the crowd with their vocals and gave stunning performances. The judges were singing everyone’s praises.”

An audience of friends, family and show-business veterans was filled with excitement as each of the finalists took the stage, but it was Hannah’s flawless renditions of Haley Reinhart’s version of “House of the Rising Sun” and Adele’s “Take it All” that stole the show. Singing and performing since the age of 3, Hannah is a four year member of the nationally acclaimed University of Georgia performing arts group “Clovers and Company.” As the winner of the singing competition, she received check for $2,500, an opportunity to perform on the Fox Theatre stage, a custom-made demo CD with two tracks, tickets to an upcoming performance at The Fox Theatre and a Frabel trophy.

First and second runner-ups went to Cheyanne Osoria and Emily Carey for their performances of Shirley Bassey’s “I (Who) Have Nothing” and Barbara Streisand’s “Somewhere” respectively. Cheyanne is an 18-year-old who attends Piedmont College as a vocal performance major and theatre minor. Emily, also an 18-year-old, is a senior at Fannin County High School in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Cheyanne and Emily proudly accepted a custom-made demo CD, tickets to an upcoming performance at The Fox Theatre and a Frabel trophy.

“We could not be more thrilled about the success of this year’s Stars of Tomorrow competition,” said Andrews. “We are so inspired by the level of local vocal talent right here in Georgia and we’re grateful for the enthusiasm and generous donations from our participating families and generous partners. With their support, we raised $55,000 for children in need.”

The Stars of Tomorrow competition benefits Variety of Georgia initiatives across the state and aims to aid and enhance the lives of children in challenging circumstances. Event co-chairs Carolyn Lee Wills and Former Chief Barker Mike Dangerfield help further the organization’s commitment to enhancing the lives of area youth. Through the competition, Georgia teens between the ages of 13-19 were given the opportunity to not only showcase their talents and pursue their dreams, but also to develop skills they will use for years to come.

About Variety of Georgia, Tent 21
Tent 21 was established in Atlanta in 1939 as the 21st chapter of Variety International, commonly known as the World’s Greatest Children’s Charity. Variety of Georgia is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The charity’s mission is to enrich, improve, and fulfill the lives of children living with disabilities and disadvantages. Echoing the first Variety fundraising event, a circus-themed affair held under a big-top, clubs are often called “Tents” and members “Barkers.”Following the tradition of the founders of the first Tent in Pittsburgh, Pa., 80 percent of the members of Tent 21 hail from the motion picture industry, though membership is open to all who care about children.